Hours after a public spat between the Union Health Minister and Opposition-led State of Maharashtra over COVID-19 vaccine availability, andhar bahar game has added over 1 lakh new cases of the virus for the second day in a row.
Meanwhile, Serum Institute of andhar bahar game, the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer based in Pune, has asked the government for a grant of ₹3,000 crore to increase its capacity to make AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.
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"Earlier States had been praised and criticised looking at case rates, I said it then and I say it now not to bother about it, keep testing rates high. Let those who criticise do so. Our target is to have 70% as RTPCR tests."
"In our last meeting too we had agreed that high number of RTPCR tests should be done and properly. Labs need shift work. Containment zones should have testing for all living in it. For tracking, every contact should be tracked and traced. Large areas, in an undefined way should not be made into containment zones. COVID fatigue should not be allowed to take over. Mortality rates are also a cause of concern, we must make sure this must be as low as possible."
"We must have an analysis of cases where death has occurred, at what stage was patient tested, what comorbidities he/she had. Ambulances , ventilators and oxygen availability should be checked. On Vaccination- across the world, even rich countries have set criteria for vaccination and andhar bahar game has not done anything differently. New vaccines are being considered, manufacturing is also being looked at. Their stock etc is also being reviewed periodically. We have to stop vaccine wastage. The all india strategy on vaccination was done with states on board. Try to get 100% result for above 45 years category.
"11th-14th April can be considered as a special vaccination utsav (festival).11th is the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule. 14th April is the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Such a festival can lift morale."
"Dear CMs and colleagues of GoI , today you have raised important points and given good suggestions. The presentation by the health secretary has clearly shown that a challenging situation is coming up again and it needs governance improvements. I know that the year long fight has led to some tiredness but we need to remember that the country has crossed the peak levels of the first wave and doubling rates are also higher," says PM Modi.
"Several States are showing grave trends of cases rising. People and administration both seem to have become casual and this has increased our troubles. We need to get back to combat COVID-19 on a war footing."
"Compared to earlier we have more experience, resources and a vaccines. Health care workers are working hard and with sincerity. I request all States to rely on the experience they garnered through the last year. We didn’t have PPE kits, labs for testing , ventilators etc so we had to develop capacity through a lockdown."
"I also request you to rename night curfew as “Corona curfew”. It would be good to start this Corona curfew around 9 p.m. and end early morning. Please do concentrate on micro containment zone and we will gain from that."
"Last time we had brought down 10 lakh active cases to 1.25 lakh cases, we can do so again as we now have experience. Test, track , treat and COVID appropriate behaviour and management is the way to go forward. We have to bring down the positivity rate under 5%."
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19.
His daughter Veena Vijayan had tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Following this, Mr. Vijayan's samples were collected and tested at the Kannur Government Medical College hospital.
Interestingly, the Chief Minister had taken the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine a month ago. He had been campaigning across the State during the Assembly elections, which got over on April 6.
Fearing another lockdown in the wake of a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, migrant workers and their families have started leaving Surat and Ahmedabad, two of the State's most severely affected cities.
However, government officials on Thursday claimed the number of those leaving was very low and people cannot be stopped from moving from one place to another.
"There are no formal reports which suggest that a large number of migrants are leaving. However, we have asked district authorities to ensure that workers do not face any trouble," state Additional Chief Secretary, Labour and Employment, Vipul Mittra told PTI.
Since there is no lockdown and trains are also running, people are free to move anywhere in the country, he said. Mr. Mittra said though some people are going back to their native places, "it's not happening on large scale". - PTI
Taking into account the surge in COVID 19 cases, a night curfew has been imposed in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad.
To be imposed from April 9, the night prohibition/regulation order would remain in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., till April 17.
Emergency services have been kept out of the order. Media persons and those travelling outside the city would be allowed to move with valid travel documents. - Anuj Kumar
The French Open tennis tournament will be delayed by one week because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said on April 8.
The clay-court Grand Slam tournament was set to start on May 23, but first-round matches will now get underway on May 30.
The French tennis federation said the decision was taken in order to maximise chances the event will be played “in front of as many spectators as possible" in a safe environment.
Last year’s tournament had been pushed back to September because of the health crisis, with crowds limited to 1,000 per day. - AP
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel on April 8 requested PM Narendra Modi to allow all people above 18 years of age to get vaccinated against COVID-19, in the wake of an alarming rise in cases of the viral infection.
Earlier this week, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also requested Mr. Modi to allow people above 25 years to receive COVID-19 shots. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had also appealed to the Centre to open the vaccination for all aged above 18 years.
"Now, when the COVID-19 infection is increasing, we always think that the younger generation of our young country should be prepared to manage the future challenges like they always did," Mr. Baghel said in a tweet in Hindi, adding "It is, therefore, necessary that the minimum age of vaccination should be set at 18 years. Humble request to @PMOandhar bahar game @narendramodi ji," - PTI
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said to address the shortage of remdesivir, the Maharashtra government should procure the drug from States that are not witnessing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and take action against black marketing of the injection.
"The same is happening now as well. Not all States are witnessing a second wave. Hence, the government should procure remdesivir from States that are not in the second wave of the pandemic and companies that are producing the drug," he said.
"Those criticising the Centre should see that Maharashtra has more vaccines than Uttar Pradesh, which has double the population of the State," Mr. Fadnavis said. - PTI
Italian auto major Piaggio Group's andhar bahar gamen subsidiary Piaggio Vehicles has said it will bear the cost of vaccinating all its staff, their immediate family members besides all community members working at the manufacturing plant catchment area, against COVID-19.
“In these exceptionally difficult times we stand with the local government to provide our support and help them increase the pace of vaccination. We aim to provide our staff and their family members with full assistance during the pandemic.
"With this vaccination drive, we continue to make the health and welfare of both our staff, their families and neighbouring community a priority,” said Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL). The automaker said it will provide reimbursement for vaccination of all their regional office employees and their immediate family members. - PTI
Temple festivals, religious events banned from April 10.
Small traders at Koyambedu wholesale market alone banned from April 10.